FIFA honorary president resigns

FIFA honorary president Joao Havelange has resigned, following an investigation into the ISL scandal - the payment of kickbacks to FIFA officials by the now defunct marketing company.

FIFA's Sepp Blatter, ex President Joao Havelange and UEFA boss Michel Platini. Credit: PA

The report by FIFA's ethics committe into the scandal has named Havelange and two former executive committee members Ricardo Teixeira and Nicolas Leoz as receiving bribes.

The report also calls current FIFA president Sepp Blatter's handling of the scandal "clumsy" but says it did not breach ethics rules.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said: “I have taken note of the report from the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert.

"I also note with satisfaction that this report confirms that ‘President Blatter’s conduct could not be classified in any way as misconduct with regard to any ethics rules’.

"I have no doubt that FIFA, thanks to the governance reform process that I proposed, now has the mechanisms and means to ensure that such an issue – which has caused untold damage to the reputation of our institution – does not happen again.“